About

Seán Payne is an artist and writer. He teaches visual arts and photo imaging at Melbourne Polytechnic and RMIT University's School of Vocational Design and Social Context
Born 1968, Chelsea, Victoria, Australia

EDUCATION
2005 - Master of Visual Arts by research, La Trobe University
2001 - Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours), La Trobe University
1993 - Diploma of Photography (Fine Art), Australian College of Photography, Art and Communication, Melbourne

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2020 - 'Boneland', Tacit Galleries, Collingwood
2005 - ‘Sign Language’, Cusp Gallery, Northcote
1997 - ‘Echo’s Bones’, Snakepit Art Space, Launceston

TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2002 - ‘On The Surface’, Phyllis Palmer Gallery, La Trobe University, Bendigo

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2020 - 'Anthology 20', Gallery A (online due to Covid-19): https://aspaceonline.com.au/sean-payne
2019 - 'Anthology 19’, Gallery A, Preston
2018 - A1 Darebin Art Salon, Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Bundoora
        - 'Anthology 18’, St John Street Gallery, Prahran; Gallery A, Preston
         - ‘Catalogue', Sally Walker Project Space, Deakin University, Waterfront campus, Geelong
2017 - ‘Anthology 17’, St John Street Gallery, Prahran; Gallery A, Preston
2016 - ‘Persona: Four Self-Portraits’, St John Street Gallery, Prahran
        - ‘Anthology 16: Creative Arts Staff Exhibition’, St John Street Gallery, Prahran; Gallery A, Preston
        - CCP Salon, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Fitzroy
2014 - CCP Salon, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Fitzroy
        - RSG Open Art Prize, Raglan Street Gallery, North Melbourne
2008 - ‘Home Is Where The Heart Is’, Sacred Heart College, Kyneton
2005 - ‘Artist In Residence Retrospective 1994-2005’, Space Gallery, Launceston
2004 - ‘Fertile Ground’, Bendigo Art Gallery
2000 - ‘Fertile Ground’, Bendigo Art Gallery
        - ‘Honours Graduate Exhibition’, Phyllis Palmer Gallery, La Trobe University, Bendigo
1999 - ‘Fertile Ground’, Bendigo Art Gallery
        - ‘Dominique Segan Castlemaine State Festival Drawing Prize’, Castlemaine
1998 - ‘Connections’, Space Gallery, Launceston
1997 - ‘Toys: Work About Play’, Snakepit Art Space, Launceston
1994 - ‘Conscientious Objections’, Next Wave Festival Visual Arts Program, ACPAC, Melbourne
        - ‘Linden Summer Show’, Linden Gallery and Arts Centre, St Kilda
1993 - ‘Graduate Exhibition’, ACPAC, Melbourne
        - ‘Rip It Clean Off’, ACPAC, Melbourne
        - ‘The Body In Question’, ACPAC, Melbourne
1992 - ‘The Body: A Confirmed Reality’, Next Wave Festival, Monash Studios, Collingwood
1991 - ‘Habitat’, ACPAC, Melbourne
        - ‘The Pop Eye’, ACPAC, Melbourne
1990 - ‘Strange Dialogues’, ACPAC, Melbourne
        - ‘Outset: Seven Photographers’, Retina Studios, Prahran

CURATORIAL PROJECTS       
2016 - ‘Persona: Four Self-Portraits’, St John Street Gallery, Prahran
1997 - ‘Toys: Work About Play’, Snakepit Art Space, Launceston
1994 - ‘Conscientious Objections’, Next Wave Festival, ACPAC, Melbourne

AWARDS
2002 - Australian Postgraduate Award, La Trobe University
1995 - Short list, David Hume Philosophy Prize, La Trobe University
1993 - ACPAC Student of the Year, Australian College of Photography, Art and Communication
1991 - Ilford Student Scholarship, Australian College of Photography, Art and Communication

BIBLIOGRAPHY
Marsh, Anne (1994) City theme rules, exhibition review, Herald Sun, 17 May
McIntyre, Jo (1997) Playful touch to images, The Examiner, 6 December
        - (1998) Insights offered into Film Noir, The Examiner, 24 January, p. 28
        - (2005) Role models look back at legacy, The Examiner, Spectrum Arts section, 15 October
Neville, Greg (2016) Persona exhibition, April 7. https://greg-neville.com/2016/04/07/persona-exhibition/
Stevenson, Martin (1998) End of the line is drawing near for Snakepit art gallery, The Examiner, 28 March
        - (1998) Planning to bring Arts Alive, The Examiner, 14 November, p. 27
        - (2005) Making contact a key to new work, The Examiner, 22 October, p. 41
Ward, Karen (2000) With honours, The Bendigo Advertiser, Weekender section, 2 December, p. 10
Webb, Penny (2005) Sign of the times, The Age, Metro section, 11 March, p. 10

TEXTS AND CONFERENCES
2017 - The blue hour: Bill Lane’s dialogue with Lewis Baltz, in Lane, B. The Older Industrial Parks Near Newport, Victoria, Berlin: The Velvet Cell
2016 - Persona: Four Self-Portraits, exhibition catalogue essay, St John Street Gallery, Melbourne Polytechnic
2014 - Greg Neville: Gooog, exhibition catalogue essay, Tacit Contemporary Art
2013 - Francisco Diaz: “The Lost Road”’, Ballarat International Foto Biennale Core Program Catalogue 2013, Ballarat International Foto Biennale. pp. 8-11
        - Andrew Curtis: Moonlight Mile, exhibition catalogue essay, Blockprojects
2012 - Face/Time, exhibition catalogue essay, Tacit Contemporary Art
2006 - Phantasm, exhibition catalogue essay, Lab X Gallery
2002 - The artist as embodied subject, conference paper, La Trobe University, Bendigo
1998 - Art and moral rights, in Snakebite: Journal of the Launceston Art Cooperative, No. 6
        - Terra Incognita: Thoughts on the work of Lisa Roberts’, exhibition catalogue essay, Gallery 101
1997 - Speaking pictures out loud: Talking about artist’s talks’, Snakebite: the Snakepit Quarterly Preview No. 2, Launceston Art Cooperative
1994 - Conscientious objections (with Matt Jobbing), Untitled 1994: Next Wave Festival Visual Arts Program, Next Wave Festival, pp. 28-29
    
TEACHING, EMPLOYMENT, PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS
2019 - present - Teacher, Visual arts and Photo Imaging, Melbourne Polytechnic
2019 - present - Teacher, visual arts. RMIT University, School of Vocational Design and Social Context
2015 - 2018 - Facilitator/Tutor in life drawing, Sunbury Neighbourhood House
2011 - 2018 - Sessional Academic in Photography, Deakin University, School of Communication and Creative Arts, Faculty of Arts and Education
2015 - 2019 - Sessional Teacher in Visual Arts and Photoimaging, Melbourne Polytechnic
2014 - Guest judge, Industry Awards, Diploma of Visual Arts (Painting) Graduate Exhibition, Melbourne Polytechnic
2000, 2002 - Tutor, Art and Visual Culture, La Trobe University, Bendigo
2002 - Teacher, Visual Communication, Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT)
        - Guest lecturer, Art and Visual Culture, La Trobe University
1998 - Teacher, Media Workshop, Launceston College, School of Vocational Education and Training
        - Artist in residence, Scotch Oakburn College, Launceston 
        - Guest lectures in cinema history, ‘Snakepit Summer Season’, Snakepit Art Space
        - Member of Steering Committee, `Arts Alive Initiative’, Launceston
1997-98 - Editor, Snakebite: the Snakepit Art Space Quarterly Review, issues no. 5 and 6
1995 - Graphic Designer, La Trobe University Student Union         
1994-95 - Sessional Teacher in photography and graphic design, Barton Institute of TAFE
1994 - Sessional Teacher in photography, Australian College of Photography, Art and Communication
1993 - present - Graphic Designer, freelance
1991-92 - Assistant to Gallery Technician, Waverley City Gallery
1989-93 - Graphic Designer / Finished Artist, Incentive House Pty Ltd
1988-89 - Reprographer, Copycat Photographics Pty Ltd

MEDIA
1998 - interview, ABC Northern Tasmania, closure of the Snakepit Art Space
1998 - interview, ABC Northern Tasmania, Arts Alive Initiative community event
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